Tour Name

BAWA ESCAPES

Days

Full day Excursions

What can be seen - A barely controlled riot of a Jungle Book garden, the grounds are a lovely place to get lost, while the house, which used to be the home of Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, has an eclectic range of artwork on display – from homoerotic sculpture to a wonderful mural of Sri Lankan life in the style of Marc Chagall. The mural was created by Australian artist Donald Friend, who originally came for six days but stayed six years – definitely not the sort of house guest you want! Other, more short-term, guests included Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, who stayed here during the filming of Elephant Walk in 1953.


What to wear/bring- Earth-coloured clothes, hats/caps, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sun block.

 

 

Itinerary


Today you will experience the life and times of the late Geoffrey Bawa, and his brother Bevis, through visits to their countryside retreats in Bentota.Geoffrey Bawa was born in 1919 to wealthy parents of mixed European and Ceylonese descent. He was educated at the prestigious Royal College after which he studied English and Law at Cambridge gaining a BA (English Literature Tripos) and went on to read law at Middle Temple, London becoming a Barrister in 1944. Returning to Ceylon after the war he started working for a Colombo Law firm. But soon he left to travel for two years, almost settling in Italy. Only after this did he turn to architecture at the age of 38. Geoffrey Bawa is Sri Lanka’s most prolific and influential architect. His work has had a tremendous impact upon architecture throughout Asia and is unanimously  acclaimed by connoisseurs of architecture worldwide.Today we visit his home, one of the world’s most magical gardens.

 

The beautiful 15 acre estate of Lunuganga, a few kilometers inland from Bentota, was fashioned by Bawa into a place of extraordinary beauty as his tropical vision of an Italian Renaissance garden bordered on two sides by the Deduwa Lake. Featuring rolling lawns, terraces and pavilions set out like a series of spacious outdoor rooms, whose position has been carefully chosen to exploit the fabulous vistas over the lake, tropical jungle and paddy fields. Statues, pavilions, courtyards and lily ponds provide much interest as they flank secret pathways that link gardens characterised by majestic banyans, silvery rubber trees and ageing frangipani.

 

We also visit Brief, a jardin tranquille near Kalawila. Sculpted over forty years, it was anything but a brief diversion for Capability Bawa- brother of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa who designed some of the most enchanting buildings in Asia. Brief has a Japanese garden, a folly, several walled gardens and hidden surprises as well as a private museum of art inside the house and out.


On completion of this tour, you will be dropped at your hotel

 

Note: This full day excursion can be done only for the guests who are staying at the southern beach hotels from Colombo to Mirissa.